I am quilting the second of three Cubs quilts and the repetition must have made me lax at clipping, removing threads. Or maybe the fabrics I am using are unusually thready but recently I looked down and there were threads everywhere! Yikes, what to do?
Luckily I had written a blog post about this before. Almost a year ago I had a thread trapped under the quilt top and I used a really long needle. I teased the thread towards the hole where the needle had entered and it was a long process.
I didn't want to go through all that again. Plus I felt the needle made a hole in the block which went away once I washed the quilt. Today I am sharing a better way to snag a thread under a quilted top.
Then I remembered a trick a reader had written about when I had posted the thread post on my Facebook page last year. She shared that she used the smallest crochet hook she had
to snag and remove the thread. I immediately ordered the smallest hooks for the cheapest price that I could find.
I was able to pull out even small thread, little pieces that had frayed off the fabric. There was only one that I didn't get on the first try. I did all of them faster than I had captured one with a needle.
When I ordered the tiny crochet hooks I didn't know which size would work best but I think you only need a size #10. I felt secure once they were in my studio, I was positive now that I had the exact tool, I would never have the thread problem again.
It was actually fun to clean up the threads quickly. I think it took me longer to find where I had put the hooks! I was finished in under two minutes.
Then I was able to go on and make new and different mistakes!
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